Announcements for January 13 – 22, 2022

From Pastor Joey/Scammers

Please be alert that scammers are using my name to get money. Please know that I do not text people in the congregation. If I want to have an important conversation with you, I will call or email. My email address is pastorjoeyoffice@sequimtumc.org. (I do have a private email account, but don’t use It for church). If you get any suspicious request from “me” please let me know immediately. Blessings, Joey

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am. Current COVID-19 Protocol: The following safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no congregational singing.

Online Recorded Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

In Consideration of Others

As more people are becoming sensitive to fragrances, please avoid wearing perfumes and using scented lotions if attending in-person worship or meetings at TUMC. Thank you!

Relax and renew yourself in Christ!

This will be a small group study and practice based on the book, Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden. Begins February 17 at noon on Zoom for 6 weeks for 60 to 90 minutes. A limited number of books will be available in the church office. You may also retake this class. Call 360-461-5595 or email Melody Romeo at melodycoach@olypen.com for advance sign-up. Limited space is available.

Altar Flowers Sign-up

As we look forward to a new year, please consider bringing flowers to commemorate a special person or occasion. The “Altar Flowers Calendar” is in the Fellowship Hall. We especially need flowers for February. Thank you, Nancy Barger

January Noisy Can Offering

Katherine Parker is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. She serves as a Health and Community Transformation Advisor with the United Mission to Nepal, an ecumenical ministry with the vision of a “fullness of life for all in a transformed Nepali society.” Katherine’s work is focused on Adolescent Empowerment, Maternal and Child Health, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Continuing our tradition of supporting Katherine’s missionary work in Nepal, our Noisy Can offering will fulfill our Covenant Relationship commitment. Any funds received over the amount needed for our Covenant Relationship will be used to improve living conditions for the disabled Nepalese. (A copy of Katherine’s biography is posted on the display board in our Information Center.) Should you choose to make a donation, please issue your check to TUMC and indicate in the memo section January NCO. Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated!

Note: A Covenant Relationship with a missionary is more than financial support. It is a dynamic relationship where the church and missionary pray for one another and communicate regularly. – paraphrased from Resource UMC.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Fri., Jan. 21, 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be doing maintenance and upkeep, jobs that need doing, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Helping in times of disasters

We recently have seen devastating disasters in the news, some fairly local, some within our country, and often some in other countries. If you would like to help by sending funds, you can issue a check to TUMC, writing one of these Advance Numbers in the memo section:

  • Pacific NW Conf. Disaster Fund — Advance #352
  • UMCOR US Disaster & Recovery — Advance #901670
  • UMCOR International Disaster Response — Advance #982450

Home Maintenance Funds Are Still Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has funds available to help folks with necessary home maintenance projects. Please let your friends and neighbors know that this is not just limited to the TUMC congregation. It is truly “neighbors helping neighbors.” This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Weekly Letter/Newsletter Update

Beginning at the end of this month we will be back to our once-a-month Circuit Rider (for February). For those who have newsletter articles for the Circuit Rider, please submit them to the church office by email by the 20th of the month.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com, and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: show your vaccination card (if not on file); wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements for December 3 – 11, 2021

Christmas Eve Service Remote

For those who won’t be able to be in the sanctuary, the service will be on the Trinity website and YouTube (hopefully) by Christmas Day.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am.

Current COVID-19 Protocol

The following Safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.

Online Recorded Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

Notice for both Disciple classes

Our Joseph celebration will be Monday, December 6 at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. You may bring Covid appropriate snacks!

In Consideration of Others

As more people are becoming sensitive to fragrances, please avoid wearing perfumes and using scented lotions if attending in-person worship or meetings at TUMC. Thank you!

Special Thanks!

My Dear Friends at Trinity,

Thank you so much for the lovely prayer quilt with all the signatures. I deeply appreciate your prayers for me as I begin a new round of chemotherapy. Your kindness speaks volumes about your care and loving concern.

May God’s blessings be with you, Fr. Bob Rhoads

Mike and I always enjoyed quilt signing Sundays. When two lovely ladies brought Mike a heart quilt, it was very emotional. That act of kindness also brought joy to not only Mike, but to his family. Mike enjoys wearing it around his shoulders. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

With much love, Marion Griswold

Pacific NW Conference Disaster Fund

In view of recent flooding in Washington State, donations can be sent to the PNW Conference Disaster Fund by writing a check to TUMC, indicating Advance #352 in the memo section.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, December 10 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Sequim Food Bank

They are currently accepting fresh garden and farm produce as well as feminine hygiene products and baby products. Also needed are cans and shelf-stable low-sodium soups, low-sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese boxes, and various condiments (i.e. ketchup, mustard, etc.). If you would like to donate any of the above items, you may bring them to the church and place them in the food container near the table at the front door. Note: Please donate only the items that are listed above. Thank you for caring!

Holiday Food Box Distribution

Friday, December 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We are grateful to know that we have enough volunteers already signed up to help. Another way you might consider helping would be to pick up and deliver food to someone (family member, friend, or neighbor) who does not have transportation.

United Methodist Student Sunday

United Methodist Student Day is one of six annual Special Sundays with offerings of the United Methodist Church. This particular special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. You have another opportunity this Sunday to support the students. Should you decide to contribute, please write a check to Trinity UM, indicating “Student Sunday” on the memo line. Thank you for your consideration.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356, or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges:

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: show your vaccination card (if not on file); wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements for November 18 – 26, 2021

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services in the church are at 10 am.

Current COVID-19 Protocol

We are going to Code Yellow and the outside doors to the sanctuary will now be closed. The following Safety guidelines are still in effect: show your vaccination card (if not on file), wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.

Online Recorded Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

The Spiritual Practice of Reading the Hymns

Unfortunately, or should I say tragically, COVID is still around. It still makes folks desperately sick. It still kills. Clallam County, which seemed to avoid the worst at the beginning of the pandemic, is digressing. Dr. Berry (Peninsula Daily News, Tuesday) says “We’re still seeing quite a bit of transmission, and we are at a risky time…. Clallam County is in the high-risk category with case rates more than 75 per 100,000 for the past two weeks.”

Why am I repeating what you already know? The answer is that many of us are literally begging to be able to sing in church again. Our Conference guideline for singing in church recommends that the County have more than 1 but less than 5 new cases to be safe to sing indoors. It might be possible to blame the “dad-gum” Methodist system for our lack of singing, but in truth, the cause is the rate of new infection caused partly by those who will not get vaccinated.

So, I invite us to continue the spiritual practice of reading the hymns. Meditate on the words as the music fills our hearts. Please know that we will not have singing police. If a song bursts forth from your heart (under your mask), then God bless you! I join with other leaders in our congregation whose priority during this time is to do what we can to keep all of us safe and well.

We do have hymnbooks back in the sanctuary if reading the screen does not work for you. To check the Conference website for Covid protocols and other Methodist-y stuff, go to the  Pacific Northwest Conference website.

So, what gets us through these gloomy times? Our faith in God, our love for one another, our mission to spread the love of Jesus throughout the land. I am happy to be in this journey with you. I hope to see you soon!

Blessings, Joey

Notice for both Disciple classes

Our Joseph celebration will be Monday, December 6 at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. You may bring Covid appropriate snacks!

Stewardship Letter and Pledge Card

Watch for your stewardship letter and pledge card on Sunday morning. Please pick yours up and save the church a stamp. If you can’t make it to church, it will be mailed to you.

No Ad Council Meeting this Sunday!

As there is no church business requiring action by the Council, the regularly scheduled Administrative Council meeting for this Sunday, November 21, is canceled. Look for the next one after church on December 19th.

Two Quilt Signings this Sunday

For Mike Griswold and for Margaret Preston. Please sign before going into the sanctuary for worship.

TUMC Annual Reports for 2021

The Trinity United Methodist annual reports are available in the church office during the week and will be out on the table on Sunday for anyone who is interested in picking one up.

In Consideration of Others

As more people are becoming sensitive to fragrances, please avoid wearing perfumes and using scented lotions if attending in-person worship or meetings at TUMC. Thank you!

Trinity Interior Update Work Schedule – November 18 – 24

Painting is completed! This is the schedule of work remaining:

Flooring and carpeting: November 15-18 & 22-24.

Please note access to the church below

    • Flooring in Fellowship Hall Nov. 15, 16, 17, 18 (Front doors open)
    • Carpet installation in hallway Nov. 22, 23, 24 (Front doors will be CLOSED) 
Use the Education wing door or back door by Pauline’s office.
    • Signs will direct people to which doors to use.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, November 26 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

The Sequim Food Bank

They are currently accepting fresh garden & farm produce as well as feminine hygiene products and baby products. Also needed are cans and shelf-stable low-sodium soups, low-sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese boxes, and various condiments (i.e. ketchup, mustard, etc.). If you would like to donate any of the above items, you may bring them to the church and place them in the food container near the table at the front door. Note: Please donate only the items that are listed above. Thank you for caring!

Opportunity to Serve Our Community!

We have been asked to again partner with the Sequim Food Bank, CERT, and the City of Sequim to distribute the Holiday Food Boxes. The Christmas Food Box Give-away will be Friday, December 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. As we did last time, some of us will be staging our guests in our TUMC parking lot before directing them to Carrie Blake Park for the food boxes. This will involve standing most of the time; it is recommended that volunteers wear sturdy shoes and bring a lawn chair for sitting during the occasional quiet times. Some TUMC volunteers also helped with the actual food distribution and help will be needed there as well. If you would like to volunteer, or if you would like more information, please contact Jan Kreidler at 360-681-5027 or janet2.kreidler@gmail.com.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

PNW Conference of the UMC Early Response Team Basic Training is Back!

  • There will be an eight-hour, Zoom-based ERT Basic Training on Friday, December 3, and Monday, December 6, both days 1:30-5:30 (PST).
  • The class will include real-world examples, interactive activities, and an opportunity to virtually meet people with a passion to serve.
  • Both days are required to complete the training. Anyone 18 years or older is welcome to attend. Registration fees are waived for this Zoom-based training.
  • Class size is limited so register ASAP at: Be Ready. Registration deadline is Friday, November 19 unless the class fills prior. There are pre-class requirements to complete prior to the training. Any questions? Contact Kathy Bryson at brysonpnw@gmail, (509) 539-2978.

Save the Date for a Virtual Advent Study

Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas by Adam Hamilton from 3:00-4:40 on Tuesdays from November 30 – December 21, 2021.

In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ Child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. This study invites you to reflect on the significance of the Christ Child for our lives and the world today. To ask questions and get the location, contact Dr. Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or call 240.463.7598.

The Virtual 21st Assembly of United Methodist Women, May 20-22, 2022

Women reflect on today’s challenges and find comfort and strength to make a difference in the world. Join Assembly 2022 online and Turn It Up for spiritual healing and renewal, rebirth in a new time, women leaders, and justice for women, children, and youth. Virtual attendees get access to all five Community Gatherings, one workshop on Friday and one workshop on Saturday, exclusive behind-the-scenes speaker interviews, and sisterhood networking. See https://assembly2022.org/ for more information and to register. Early bird registration is $199 and ends on November 30, 2021.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356, or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges:

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: show your vaccination card (if not on file); wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements for September 16 – 25, 2021

Memorial Service for Joe McCaffery

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Joe McCaffery next Tuesday, September 21, 1:00 pm.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. (For Sunday Services, Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; check-in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.)

Online Video Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

A Request from the Kitchen Committee

Due to COVID restrictions, we would request that you do not donate any items to the kitchen at this time.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, September 17 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Leadership Institute 2021

Join us September 29 – October 1, 2021, for the Leadership Institute 2021. The Church of the Resurrection’s aim is to equip, strengthen and inspire you in your leadership, preparing you for a new season of ministry marked by unity, clarity of vision, and a call to love extravagantly. Adam Hamilton will open the Leadership Institute with Worship on Wednesday, September 29 at 4:30 p.m. All General Sessions and Breakout Workshops will be available for On-Demand Replay through the Online Experience platform for 6 months after the event. (Note: The replay for the Keynote Session with Bob Goff is limited to 30 days after the event.) See https://leadership.sharechurch.com/attend-leadership-institute-online/ for more information, the schedule, and to register. Individual registration is $99. The Education Committee has limited funds available for scholarships to this institute. Contact Melody, (360) 461-5595 to request financial assistance.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

One of the greatest challenges of being a family caregiver is maintaining one’s own physical and emotional health. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers class is designed to: help a caregiver reduce personal stress; communicate feelings and needs; use community services; deal with emotions such as anger, guilt, and depression; and make tough caregiving decisions. This six-week class will be offered again at TUMC on Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, beginning October 5 and ending November 9. The fee is $30, which covers the cost of the book. If interested in attending, please register for the class by October 1 by calling Judy Croonquist 360-582-1370 or Barb Parse 360-683-2113.

Building Major Update

Trinity will soon be getting a major update in our narthex and main hallway and fellowship hall! For several months the Decorating Committee has been in planning and estimating mode. This involved no fewer than four large meetings of Trustees, Church leadership, and the Pastor and Ad Council to work through the concepts and details, and we are happy to report that the project was approved at the last meeting of the Ad Council and we are at the point of contracting with the painting and flooring/carpeting companies.

The upgrade will include repainting and re-carpeting the narthex/main hallway, updating some of the furniture, moving some bulletin board locations to the new information center (read on for what that is), and hanging artwork here and there. A large scrolling announcement TV (donated to us) will be installed to make it easy to see what is going on around Trinity, and a more visible card rack for cards, flyers, and other handouts will be installed. The old church bell, which is somewhat hidden in the old steeple foundation “closet” will be moved to the outside and once again will be rung on Sundays thanks to some generous donations for that purpose.

The fellowship hall and adjacent room will be repainted and new flooring will be installed so that the entire area is one type of flooring, instead of the currently installed three types. As we have found checkouts from our library are very infrequent, we plan to remove the books and shelves to make that side of the room a bit larger for meetings. The other side of that room, the one with the TV, will house an information center with bulletin boards, card racks, and so forth to consolidate information we want to put out as well as providing a location for the various sign-up sheets we generate.

We will also reduce the number of pews we kept from the former church buildings to only the oldest one and we are actively soliciting local historical venues and secondarily non-local venues to use the other five old pews we have, two of which are in storage.

The financial costs will be covered by a combination of current year Trustee Capital Improvement budget monies previously requested for this purpose, undesignated donations to the memorial fund, and the balance from the Trinity Capital Improvement Fund which has been built up over the years for purposes such as this.

This is the schedule of work as it currently stands:

Painting: October 27-November 5. We would like to caution building users that on the 25th and 26th we will need to get the last items out of the way before the painters arrive, so there may be some disruptions. Also, at some point before the painting starts, Burton Flooring will have to remove the rubber baseboards from all the affected spaces, so perhaps some disruption to meetings will be unavoidable. Once the painting starts, the painters will really clobber the hallway and fellowship hall, so meetings in the fellowship hall may not be possible. Then the flooring/carpeting (if all goes well with the painting) will be put down November 8-12th. Again, this will be high impact, but we will attempt to determine when each space is to be worked so we might still be able to use the fellowship hall at least part of that time. “Flexibility by all” will be the watchword.

Free library books!

It is with mixed feelings that I write this. Sad because it brings to a close a place many of us hold dear, a library; and joy because of the opportunity for many people to own some special books of their own.

The time has come to close Trinity’s library. A part of the church for so long, it has ceased to be something that is useful to more than a handful of people per year.

Soooo . . . beginning this Sunday, September 19th, everyone can come to the library and take home as many books as they like. Drop by the church during the week! Bring a friend! It would be great to clear out most of the books, sending them off to good homes. The final Sunday will be October 10th.

Starting Now: Virtual Book Study:

Evil and the Justice of God by N.T. Wright from 3:00-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from September 21 – November 23, 2021.

With the tragic events of recent years, there is renewed interest in the problems of evil and the need for a distinctively biblical approach. N.T. Wright puts evil in perspective by giving a powerfully persuasive vision of the “new heavens and new earth.” A loving God can and does exist in a world full of suffering. This study offers a glimpse into the mind and purpose of God and a hope-filled plan for how we can reconcile a broken world with the kingdom to come. To ask questions and get the location, contact Dr. Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or call 240-463-7598.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) – Disaster Response and Recovery:

UMCOR works with local partners on the ground in relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by disasters. As you know, Haiti is trying to recover from a major earthquake. The West Coast is battling huge and multitude wildfires. The South / East Coasts have been hit with devastating hurricanes. By giving to UMCOR’s Advance #901670, 100% of your funds will be allocated specifically for disaster response efforts within the United States and its territories. If you would like to help, you can write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating UMCOR / Advance #901670.

Save the Date for a Virtual Advent Study

Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas by Adam Hamilton from 3:00-4:40 on Tuesdays from November 30 – December 21, 2021.

In Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Christians reclaim the Christ Child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness. This study invites you to reflect on the significance of the Christ-child for our lives and world today. To ask questions and get the location, contact Dr. Kathleen Charters at kcharters@mac.com or call 240.463.7598.

The Virtual 21st Assembly of United Methodist Women, May 20-22, 2022

Women reflect on today’s challenges and find comfort and strength to make a difference in the world. Join Assembly 2022 online and Turn It Up for spiritual healing and renewal, rebirth in a new time, women leaders, and justice for women, children, and youth. Virtual attendees get access to all five Community Gatherings, one workshop on Friday and one workshop on Saturday, exclusive behind-the-scenes speaker interviews, and sisterhood networking. See https://assembly2022.org/ for more information and to register. Early bird registration is $199 and ends on November 30, 2021.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356, or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements for September 9 – 18, 2021

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. (For Sunday Services, Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.)

Memorial Service for Joe McCaffery

Please join us as we celebrate the life of Joe McCaffery on Tuesday, September 21, 1:00 pm.

Notes from Pastor Joey

I am excited to begin as interim pastor of Trinity UMC. My plan will be to be in the office Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Please note that this is subject to change due to meetings, visits, appointments, and the unexpected. If you want to talk with me, I prefer that you make an appointment. The intent is not to be formal, but I would hate to miss you if you simply stop by. I want to have time to be present with each person. My cell phone is in use when I travel, but otherwise, it is in a drawer. I plan to check my email at least once a day. I look forward to being present to you in the present!

OnLine Video Services

The Sunday service is being recorded and available online the next day, Monday.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, September 17 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

United Methodist Committee on Relief — Disaster Response and Recovery

UMCOR works with local partners on the ground in relief and recovery efforts in areas affected by disasters. As you know, Haiti is trying to recover from a major earthquake. The West Coast is battling huge and multitude wildfires. The South / East Coasts have been hit with devastating hurricanes. By giving to UMCOR’s Advance #901670, 100% of your funds will be allocated specifically for disaster response efforts within the United States and its territories. If you would like to help, you can write a check to Trinity UMC, indicating UMCOR / Advance #901670.

Community Recognition event

Postponed! The 22 September Community Recognition for those who participated in the COVID Food Distribution and/or Vaccination Clinic has been postponed. We will let you know when another date has been set. Contact Jim Stoffer at 360.775.9356 for additional information.

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356, or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com, and the church office, 360-683-5367, or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements September 2 – 11, 2021

Note: Memorial Service for Nancy Hill tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 3, 1 pm here at TUMC

The Church Office will be closed Monday September 6 for Labor Day.

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10am. For Sunday Services Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; practice social distancing and no singing.

Special Charge Conference

There will be a Special Charge Conference for Sequim: Trinity United Methodist Church on Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 1:00 pm and this is in accordance with ¶246.7 of The 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. The sole purpose of this Special Charge Conference is to receive and approve a new compensation package for the pastor. This will begin the Ad Council meeting on September 9th.

Notes from Pastor Joey

I am excited to begin as interim pastor of Trinity UMC. My plan will be to be in the office Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Please note that this is subject to change due to meetings, visits, appointments, and the unexpected. If you want to talk with me, I prefer that you make an appointment. The intent is not to be formal, but I would hate to miss you if you simply stop by. I want to have time to be present with each person. My email address will be pastorjoeyoffice@sequimtumc.org. My cell phone is in use when I travel, but otherwise, it is in a drawer. I plan to check my email at least once a day. I look forward to being present to you in the present!

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is being filmed and available online the next day, Monday.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the Church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, September 3 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Education Committee Introductory Meeting

Have you considered joining the Education Committee’s team? Would you like to learn more about it first?

Come and meet with us at 11:15 am, after church, in the fellowship hall, on Sunday September 5th. We will begin to discuss our mission, directions, and ideas together and you can decide if you are interested. We will also determine our meeting times and frequency.

At this time our committee will foster our Adult Education. This already encompasses Trinity U and the various courses offered to foster spiritual and personal growth, biblical understanding, and other needs in our church and community.

TUMC’s mission statement is WELCOME, GROW, EMPOWER, SERVE

As the Education Team, we have work to do to promote the growth of people in our church and community. This is a key part of our Church’s Mission Statement. We need to be Empowered by developing ourselves as people of faith. This makes us better at Welcoming and Serving.

If you have questions, please contact Melody Romeo at melodycoach@olypen.com or call her cellphone: 360 461-5595.

Help for Haiti

United Methodists are working with longtime partners in Haiti to respond after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and as a major storm approaches. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is collecting donations and working on next steps to help the impoverished country, which also faces political unrest, gang violence, and COVID-19.

United Methodists are reaching out with their prayers and pocketbooks. You may go online to make a donation or write a check to Trinity United Methodist Church and write International Disaster Response and Recovery Advance #982450 on the memo line. The relief arm, part of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, also is in conversation with partners on the ground about next steps. “In the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake, we grieve alongside the people of Haiti as the staggering loss of life and level of devastation becomes clear,” said Roland Fernandes, the top executive of Global Ministries and UMCOR.

August 29, 2021 Noisy Can Offering

Thank you for your most generous donations of over $900 which will go toward a Sequim Education Foundation grant, Accelerated Reader online reading for fourth-grade students. This is a subscription service for students to access books at their instructional level online. It offers books as well as questions and activities to assist with comprehension.

Sea to Sound

Mickey Dickey, a 101-year-old TUMC member, participated in Sea To Sound in August, a 74-mile, three-day, multi-modal group ride spanning the entire length of the Olympic Discovery Trail. This event was a fundraiser for Ian’s Ride, a non-profit organization that promotes outdoor accessibility for those with mobility impairment. Mickey rode her motorized scooter on a portion of this trail from Fifth Ave and Hendrickson to Carrie Blake Park.

Mickey is pictured here with Ian Mackay of Ian’s Ride.

Mickey Dickey in Sea to Sound
Mickey Dickey in Sea to Sound, pictured with Ian Mackay of Ian’s Ride.

Community Outreach Updates

Community Recognition events

22 Sept 22, 11:30-1:30 CBP James Center area – those who participated in the COVID Food Distribution and/or Vaccination Clinic. This event is for YOU, those who volunteer their valuable time, It is free and there will be door prizes!
Contact Jim Stoffer at 360.775.9356 for additional information regarding both events.

Recommended Reading from our Lay Leader

“Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living” by Rueben P. Job. “Do No Harm, Do Good, & Stay in Love With God”
Jim, TUMC Lay Leader

Exposure to COVID

If you have been in the church and find out later that you were exposed to COVID prior to being here, please contact Jim Stoffer, 360-775-9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office, 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. There are steps and processes that we will need to take to ensure the health and safety of TUMC and our community.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

The Church office will be closed Monday September 6 for Labor Day.

Trinity United Methodist Church mission statement
Trinity United Methodist Church mission statement

Announcements August 26 – September 1, 2021

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. (For Sunday Services Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is being filmed and available online the next day, Monday.

Disciple Bible Study

There will be two Monday Disciple Bible Study Classes.

  • An afternoon class from 1-3 (fellowship hall first week)
  • An evening class from 6-8 (meeting in Tim’s place)

The cost of the book is $43. There are a few places left in each class. The class is open to those who are vaccinated. Contact Joey Olson (teacher) at joeywolson@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

Noisy Can Offering

The August 29, 2021, Noisy Can Offering will go toward a Sequim Education Foundation grant — Accelerated Reader online reading for 100 fourth grade students. This is a subscription service for students to access books at their instructional level online. It offers the books as well as questions and activities to assist with comprehension. Missions has allocated $500.00, which will purchase licenses for 25 students. The NCO will allow purchasing additional licenses. The amount to fully fund licenses for 100 children is $1,995.00. Should you choose to make a donation, please make a check payable to Sequim TUMC, indicating in the memo section: August NCO. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Education Committee Introductory Meeting

Have you considered joining the Education Committee’s team? Would you like to learn more about it first?

Come and meet with us at 11:15 am, after church, in the fellowship hall, on Sunday, September 5th. We will begin to discuss our mission, directions, and ideas together and you can decide if you are interested. We will also determine our meeting times and frequency.

At this time our committee will foster our Adult Education. This already encompasses Trinity U and the various courses offered to foster spiritual and personal growth, biblical understanding, and other needs in our church and community.

TUMC’s mission statement is WELCOME, GROW, EMPOWER, SERVE

As the Education Team, we have work to do to promote the growth of people in our church and community. This is a key part of our Church’s Mission Statement. We need to be Empowered by developing ourselves as people of faith. This makes us better at Welcoming and Serving.

If you have questions, please contact Melody Romeo at melodycoach@olypen.com or call her cellphone: 360 461 5595.

Help for Haiti

United Methodists are working with longtime partners in Haiti to respond after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and as a major storm approaches. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is collecting donations and working on next steps to help the impoverished country, which also faces political unrest, gang violence, and COVID-19.

United Methodists are reaching out with their prayers and pocketbooks. You may go online to make a donation or write a check to Trinity United Methodist Church and write International Disaster Response and Recovery Advance #982450 on the memo line. The relief arm, part of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, also is in conversation with partners on the ground about next steps. “In the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake, we grieve alongside the people of Haiti as the staggering loss of life and level of devastation becomes clear,” said Roland Fernandes, the top executive of Global Ministries and UMCOR.

2021 Back to School Fair – August 28th

This event will take place on Saturday, August 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. School supplies will be pre-packaged and distributed in a drive-through format which will begin at the high school stadium parking lot on West Fir St. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic, backpack distribution, supply sack preparation, supply sack distribution, registration, “other” or “wherever needed.” You can choose time slots that work best for you. Several people from Trinity UMC have helped with this event in the past. If you would like to volunteer this year, you can register by going online to: https://forms.gle/8MGWRyAxbwtiPCah8 .

COVID Protocols/Exposure to COVID

We are in a Tier 4 Stage from the Conference; unfortunately, that means “Indoor Congregational Singing Under Option 2 TIER 4 – No live singing indoors. Soloists and ensemble groups may gather for the safe recording of music to support online or hybrid worship”. Please observe the social distancing protocols, mask up when inside the church and most importantly – if you feel or are aware of personal exposure – please contact Jim Stoffer 360.775.9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office at 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org immediately. There are steps and processes that we will need to take and are necessary for the health and safety of TUMC, but also for our community of Sequim. Thank you and many blessings. I ask and pray for patience, grace, be kind with one another, and understanding that each of us is facing COVID through many lenses. For more information about current Covid requirements, visit the Trinity UMC website at sequimtumc.org.

Jim Stoffer, Lay Leader

Do you have compassion for families that have lost loved ones?

The Memorial Committee needs help decorating the fellowship hall before a memorial service, help to prepare plates of food (when we can have food), cookie bakers, and help to return tablecloths to storage.

E-mail Diane Davis at 03merlot194@gmail.com or call at 360-461-6833 to volunteer.

Opportunity to Serve!

We would like to invite anyone interested in serving TUMC by joining us in the kitchen. We are in need of helpers as we have lost several this past year due to many different circumstances.
If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Eva Lundstrom,
360-797-1613 or Cyd Savoy, 360-681-3977. Training will be provided.

Community Outreach Updates

Community Recognition event

Sept 22, 11:30-1:30, CBP James Center area – those who participated in the COVID Food Distribution and/or Vaccination Clinic. This event is for YOU, those who volunteer their valuable time, It is free and there will be door prizes!

Contact Jim Stoffer at 360.775.9356 for additional information regarding both events.

Recommended Reading from our Lay Leader

“Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living” by Rueben P. Job. “Do No Harm, Do Good, & Stay in Love With God” — Jim, TUMC Lay Leader

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the Church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, September 3 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements, August 19, 2021

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. (For Sunday Services Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is being filmed and available online the next day, Monday.

Blood Drive Here at TUMC – August 20 & 21, 11 am to 5 pm

Donating blood is an essential and encouraged activity critical to sustaining community healthcare, especially during emergencies. Your one-hour donation appointment is a safe action to support local hospitals and patients. All donations are conducted in accordance with social distancing guidelines. No walk-ins, guests, or people under age 16 are permitted on site. Masks are required. For questions: schedule@bloodworksnw.org or call 800-398-7888.

Meeting for Disciple Bible Study

There will be a meeting on Sunday, August 22nd for those interested in the class led by Joey Olson. The meeting will start 15 minutes after worship in the sanctuary. At that time, the date and the time for the class will be decided. Joey is requesting that the class be available for those who have been vaccinated. The book for the class is Into the Word, Into the World. It has a green cover and can be ordered from Cokesbury or Amazon.

COVID Protocols/Exposure to COVID

We are in a Tier 4 Stage from the Conference; unfortunately, that means “Indoor Congregational Singing Under Option 2 TIER 4 – No live singing indoors. Soloists and ensemble groups may gather for the safe recording of music to support online or hybrid worship.” Please observe the social distancing protocols, mask up when inside the church and most importantly – if you feel or are aware of a personal exposure – please contact Jim Stoffer 360.775.9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office at 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org immediately. There are steps and processes that we will need to take and are necessary for the health and safety of TUMC, but also for our community of Sequim. Thank you and many blessings. I ask and pray for patience, grace, be kind to one another, and understanding that each of us is facing COVID through many lenses. For more information about current Covid requirements, visit the Trinity UMC website at sequimtumc.org. Jim Stoffer, Lay Leader

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the Church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, August 20 at 9:30 AM for a couple hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Help for Haiti

United Methodists are working with longtime partners in Haiti to respond after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and as a major storm approaches. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is collecting donations and working on next steps to help the impoverished country, which also faces political unrest, gang violence and COVID-19.
United Methodists are reaching out with their prayers and pocketbooks. You may go online to make a donation or write a check to Trinity United Methodist Church and write International Disaster Response and Recovery Advance #982450 on the memo line. The relief arm, part of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, also is in conversation with partners on the ground about next steps. “In the aftermath of Saturday’s earthquake, we grieve alongside the people of Haiti as the staggering loss of life and level of devastation becomes clear,” said Roland Fernandes, the top executive of Global Ministries and UMCOR.

2021 Back to School Fair – August 28th


This event will take place on Saturday, August 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. School supplies will be pre-packaged and distributed in a drive-through format which will begin at the high school stadium parking lot on West Fir St. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic, backpack distribution, supply sack preparation, supply sack distribution, registration, “other” or “wherever needed.” You can choose time slots that work best for you. Several people from Trinity UMC have helped with this event in the past. If you would like to volunteer this year, you can register by going online to: https://forms.gle/8MGWRyAxbwtiPCah8.

Community Outreach Updates

Boys & Girls Club Summer Lunch Wrap Up – Thank you to our volunteers who have participated in this community outreach through the summer. Over 1500 summer lunches have been distributed out between the 4 offsite locations and the Boys & Girls Club. This community mission program wraps up on Friday the 27 Aug; thank you church!
Food Bank Weekend Food bags – Weekend Food Bags have been distributed throughout the summer each Friday at Carrie Blake Park by a Church Volunteer. This program wraps up on 20 AUG with over 500 Weekend Food Bags going out into the Community through the hands of a TUMC participation; THANK YOU Church!

Community Recognition events

  • 24 AUG, Sequim Citizen(s) of Year Event, which TUMC is one of those being recognized. Pioneer Park 11:30-1pm https://business.sequimchamber.com/events/details/citizen-of-the-year-picnic-in-the-park-chamber-luncheon-16617?calendarMonth=2021-08-01
  • 22 Sept 11:30-1:30 CBP James Center area – those who participated in the COVID Food Distribution and/or Vaccination Clinic. This event is for YOU, those who volunteer their valuable time, It is free and there will be door prizes!

Contact Jim Stoffer at 360.775.9356 for additional information regarding both events.

Recommended Reading from our Lay Leader “Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living” by Rueben P. Job, Do No Harm Do Good & Stay in Love With God” – Jim, TUMC Lay Leader

Do you have compassion for families that have lost loved ones?

The Memorial Committee needs help decorating the fellowship hall before a memorial service, help preparing plates of food (when we can have food), cookie bakers, and help returning tablecloths to storage. E-mail Diane Davis at 03merlot194@gmail.com or call at 360-461-6833 to volunteer.

Opportunity to Serve!

We would like to invite anyone interested in serving TUMC by joining us in the kitchen. We are in need of helpers as we have lost several this past year due to many different circumstances. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Eva Lundstrom, 360-797-1613 or Cyd Savoy, 360-681-3977. Training will be provided.

Greetings friends,

We are forming an active new education team here at TUMC! If you might like to contribute to our church’s focus on our growth in faith while at the same time creating opportunities for people to build loving, trusting, and caring relationships. This would be a great opportunity for you in your involvement at TUMC.
We would be working together in an accepting atmosphere, sharing our ideas, and both supporting and seeking programs that foster our church’s Mission and Vision. Please refer to Pastor Brad’s Sermons on June 6th and 13th at www.sequimtumc.org. For more information Contact Melody Romeo at cell: 360 461-5595 or email: melodycoach@olypen.com .

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. 
Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements, August 12, 2021

August 12, 2021

TUMC member Ken Lillagore to Preach August 15

Ken Lillagore and his wife Gay Lyn moved to Sequim in 2015 from Colorado, where Ken had served as a pastoral assistant and Commissioned Lay Pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Broomfield for five years. They are both retired and have been very active here at TUMC. Ken enjoys photography, hiking and playing his accordion.
We thank Ken for sharing the message with us this Sunday.

Note from Lay Leader, Jim Stoffer

Greetings, Church,
I have received many questions this week on “What is a Lay Leader.” Here is a basic overview from our UMC Book of Discipline with a few specifics; hope this helps, and thank you faithful people for the questions.😊

What’s My Job?

Paragraph 251 of our UMC Book of Discipline specifies the role of the Lay Leader of a local church. In part this paragraph states:
“Out of the professing membership of each local church, there shall be elected by the Charge Conference a Lay Leader who shall function as the primary lay representative of the laity in that local church and shall have the following responsibilities:
An effective lay leader functions as the primary representative and role model of Christian discipleship and fai\rth lived out in the church and in daily life. The lay leader works with the pastor to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation.

Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job

    • This leader should be a growing Christian disciple who understands that everyone has spiritual gifts and experiences that are vital to the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12). This person benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: compassion, discernment, faith, helping, leadership, and servanthood.
    • This leader should be a living example of one who “loves God and loves neighbor.” It is important for a lay leader to listen well and communicate with people of all ages. This person should show evidence of working well with both clergy and laity and with various teams and task groups.
    • This leader must have the ability to keep a broad view of the separate parts of the congregation and work with the pastor to help align the entire ministry toward the mission of the church.
    • This leader should show interest in connecting the congregation with the community and the world as they participate in the missio Dei…God’s mission to the world through five main charges: the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) to put love of God and neighbor above all else; the Great Commitment (Matthew 16:24) to embody God’s love individually through spiritual disciplines; the Great Requirement (Micah 6:8) to live God’s love through our actions; and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) to go and take God’s love into the world by making disciples, baptizing, and teaching faithful obedience.

Responsibilities of the Position

    • The lay leader represents the laypeople in the congregation in working with the pastor for the mission and vision of the congregation.
    • The lay leader engages in spiritual practices that build a relationship of attentiveness to God’s will and direction.
    • The lay leader represents the laypeople in the congregation and serves as a role model of Christian discipleship for the congregation.
    • The lay leader works with the pastor and other leaders to launch or strengthen ministries that build discipleship.
    • The lay leader assists in advising the church council about opportunities available and the needs expressed for a more effective lay ministry of the church in the community.
    • The lay leader plans with other leaders in the congregation for celebrating the ministry of laypeople throughout the year and especially on Laity Sunday.
    • The lay leader meets regularly with the pastor to discuss the state of the church and the opportunities for ministry to advance the mission and ministry of the congregation in the community.
    • The lay leader continues to study and train and to develop a growing understanding of the church’s reason for existence and the types of ministry that will most effectively fulfill the church’s mission and that will help strengthen the lay leader’s own work.
    • The lay leader informs the laity of training opportunities provided by the annual conference.
    • Lay leaders are encouraged to become certified lay servants.
    • The lay leader is a member of the charge conference, the church council, the pastor-parish or staff-parish relations committee, the finance committee, and the nominations and leadership development committee.”
Over the past two weeks and moving forward, I will be attending or meeting with our various committees as time and schedules permit. Patricia, myself, Margaret, and Andy – either call each other or email each other with updates; Patricia and I also share to our Pastor, who remains the Pastor on Record. We also want Brad to get the rest needed for a full recovery. Cards and letters are welcome and of course your prayers.

COVID-19

What can we say – it took a nasty turn and our Church, our Community is facing several complex challenges; we are truly in this all together. I know we all care deeply for each other and our community; I’m asking for a strong demonstration of that care and love. Yes, many of us have been vaccinated, we are observing and practicing those social distancing protocols, and that includes wearing face masks. Presently our county is in a high critical infections stage; which means we are in a Tier 4 Stage from the Conference; unfortunately that means “Indoor Congregational Singing Under Option 2 TIER 4 – Daily new case rate greater than 10, per 100k • No live singing indoors. Soloists and ensemble groups may gather for the safe recording of music to support online or hybrid worship.”
I ask us all to please observe the social distancing protocols, mask up when inside the church and most importantly – if you feel or are aware of a personal exposure – please contact the Church Office (Marian) and myself as soon as possible. There are steps and processes that we will need to take and are necessary for the health and safety of TUMC, but also for our community of Sequim. Thank you and many blessings. I ask and pray for patience, grace, be kind with one another, and understanding that each of us is facing COVID through many lenses. Dear God, strengthen us to be a loving presence to those who are hurting or in crisis. If we are led to speak, speak through us – AMEN.
Jim Stoffer, Lay Leader TUMC, 360.775.9356, jamesstoffer@wavecable.com

Some Concerns that we have

  • Brad and Dorothy for Brad’s health issues.
  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.
While Pastor Brad is on vacation there will be no weekly pastor’s letter or printed sermons.
Congratulations to Dick and Sheila Formhals on their 60th Anniversary!

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. (For Sunday Services Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is being filmed and available online the next day, Monday.

Printed Sermons

Printed sermons are not available while Pastor Brad is on vacation.

Blood Drive Here at TUMC – August 13 & 14, August 20 & 21, 11 am to 5 pm

Donating blood is an essential and encouraged activity critical to sustaining community healthcare, especially during emergencies. Your one-hour donation appointment is a safe action to support local hospitals and patients. All donations are conducted in accordance with social distancing guidelines. For more information on steps taken to keep donors and staff safe, go to: bloodworksnw.org/coronavirus No walk-ins, guests, or people under age 16 are permitted onsite. Masks are required.
Appointments: schedule@bloodworksnw.org with questions or call 800-398-7888.

Meeting for Disciple Bible Study

There will be a meeting on Sunday, August 22nd for those interested in the class led by Joey Olson. The meeting will start 15 minutes after worship in the sanctuary. At that time, the date and the time for the class will be decided. Joey is requesting that the class be available for those who have been vaccinated. The book for the class is Into the Word, Into the World. It has a green cover and can be ordered from Cokesbury or Amazon.

Prayer Chain Update

The new contact for TUMC’s prayer chain is Donna Wade. If you have a prayer concern, please contact her at 810-735-5029, email: majkgardn@gmail.com or the church office 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org. And remember that before you submit a prayer concern, please make sure you have the permission of the person being prayed for.

Have you been exposed to COVID?

If you have been near someone who has tested positive for COVID and have been at the church before you realized this happened, please contact lay leader Jim Stoffer at 360.775.9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com and the church office at 360-683-5367 or church@sequimtumc.org immediately. For more information about current Covid requirements visit the Trinity UMC website at sequimtumc.org.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Do you have compassion for families that have lost loved ones?

The Memorial Committee needs help decorating the fellowship hall before a memorial service, help preparing plates of food (when we can have food), cookie bakers, and help returning tablecloths to storage. E-mail Diane Davis at 03merlot194@gmail.com or call at 360-461-6833 to volunteer.

Opportunity to Serve!

We would like to invite anyone interested in serving TUMC by joining us in the kitchen. We are in need of helpers as we have lost several this past year due to many different circumstances. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Eva Lundstrom,
360-797-1613 or Cyd Savoy, 360-681-3977. Training will be provided.

2021 Back to School Fair – August 28th


This event will take place on Saturday, August 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. School supplies will be pre-packaged and distributed in a drive-through format which will begin at the high school stadium parking lot on West Fir St. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic, backpack distribution, supply sack preparation, supply sack distribution, registration, “other” or “wherever needed.” You can choose time slots that work best for you. Several people from Trinity UMC have helped with this event in the past. If you would like to volunteer this year, you can register by going online to: https://forms.gle/8MGWRyAxbwtiPCah8.

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes for Clallam County Residents

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized certification course that will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and challenges that youth face in our community. Classes were made possible through grant funding from Clallam County Health and Human Services.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings: 9:00 am-2:30 pm, Aug. 31, Sept. 18, or Nov. 17. 2.0 hrs. of online pre-work must be completed before the 4.5 hr. in-person training date. An excellent program for parents, grandparents, and people who work with youth.
Space is limited! Reserve a seat today! 
Contact Kathy Hansen at 360-457-0431 x 531139, Peninsula Behavioral Health.
Take a course. Save a life…Strengthen your Community.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the Church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is Friday, August 20 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. 
Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.

Announcements, August 5, 2021

August 5, 2021

Note from Lay Leader, Jim Stoffer

Dear good and faithful Stewards of TUMC.

I received this message from Rene Nadon, Scoutmaster for Troop 90; our Scout Troop. Rene is also a close and personal friend. I have his and the family of Emerson Ake permissions to share this message out.

With all that we (TUMC) are navigating through right now, this causes me to pause and say to myself, this right here is the most important thing for me today. Today’s Upper Room thought tells us that “Today I will seek to imitate the love of Christ.” The prayer provides that foundation. Heavenly Father, thank you for the example of Christ’s sacrificial love. Help us to imitate his love in our attitude and actions. Amen

From Rene Nadon:

“I have been fortunate in my life to have been healthy. As I get older, I thank God for my health, my family, friends and Troop 90.
 Recently, I found out that one of the Scouts from Troop 90 has been diagnosed with leukemia. 
 Emerson Ake, who is 13 years old, has been with the Troop since May of this year. He and his family moved to Sequim, WA just recently. Now he is fighting leukemia in a strange place with only his mom being able to see him. Covid restrictions prevent his siblings and the rest of his family to visit him except through Facetime.
 He is currently at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He will be in the hospital for the next month and then will need to be in the Seattle area for the following 10 months to be monitored.
 I am asking all my friends to please keep Emerson and his family in your prayers. During this stressful time, Emerson and his family support team need the strength of God’s love and he will receive that love through your prayers. 
 If anyone would like to reach out to Emerson through email, send a card, or text him, his contact information is below.
 I would like to see Emerson flooded with cards, text messages, or emails. Mail – Emerson Ake, 5130 40th Ave. Room 280 Seattle. WA 98105
 Emerson’s email – ega102507@gmail.com

Thank you all for your prayers for Emerson.”

Sincerely,
Jim Stoffer, TUMC Lay Leader

This Sunday We Welcome Guest Preacher, Joey Olson

Rev. Joey Olson retired from the Port Angeles UMC in 2014 and has been a part of Trinity since then. She has served churches in Texas, Ocean Shores, Mill Creek and as District Superintendent for the Inland District. Joey and her husband Ole, in their blended family, have two daughters and two sons along with nine grandchildren. She enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking and traveling.

We are blessed to have Joey sharing the message with us again this Sunday.

Some Concerns that we have:

  • Pastor Brad and Dorothy for Brad’s health issues.
  • For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations.
  • For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
  • For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
  • For peace in our country.
  • For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.

While Pastor Brad is on vacation there will be no weekly pastor’s letter or printed sermons.

Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, emails or phone calls are appreciated.

Upcoming memorial services

We celebrate the lives of Mark and Pat Lewis tomorrow, Friday, August 6, 1 pm here at Trinity United Methodist Church.

A memorial for Florence Berneking will be held on Saturday, August 7, 3 pm at Peninsula Evangelical Friends Church, 1291 N. Barr Road (on Old Olympic Highway in Agnew).

Sunday In-Person Services

Sunday services are now being held in the church at 10 am. (For Sunday Services Covid safety guidelines will be followed: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.)

OnLine Video-Taped Services

The Sunday service is being filmed and available online the next day, Monday.

Printed Sermons

Printed sermons are not available while Pastor Brad is on vacation.

Disciple Bible Study

Are you interested in a Bible study that offers more than “bring your own Bible?” Retired Pastor Joey Olson is offering a course for beginners and “old-timers” alike. Disciple Bible Study is designed for those who want a small-group experience with a chance to delve into the text. Resource materials include a study book and a video to supplement your learning. Those who wish they knew more about the Bible will find a friend in this course. The cost of the book (from Cokesbury) is $32. I also found it from Amazon for about $10. (Scholarships available for the book.) The class will be “Into the Word, Into the World” which will cover Genesis/ Exodus and Luke/ Acts. The beginning session (day and time to be decided) will be 8 weeks. Please email Joey at joeywolson@gmail.com for questions or concerns. I will be holding a meeting for inquirers about the class immediately after church on August 22nd. If you are not sure the class is for you, this meeting might help.

COVID-19 Update Reminder

There has been a significant spike in COVID Cases in our community and across the state. With love and care for all our members and with an abundance of caution with our Community of Sequim, TUMC COVID protocols remain as before. I have 3 asks as we continue to navigate through the complexity of COVID; I ask these not only for the health and safety of our Church, but also in collaboration and partnership with our Community of Sequim. Our Choir Members will mask up when not actually singing. Others with speaking parts during the Service will also mask up when not speaking; and here is a big ask – because we as a Church Family have a strong desire to clump together and share our love, please observe social distancing protocols as much as possible, and when asked to move about, please do so.
Jim Stoffer, Lay Leader

Back to School Supplies: Stuff the Bus

— is scheduled for this coming Friday, August 6th, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Sequim Office Depot. If you would like to donate supplies, you may drop them off at Stuff the Bus or at one of several collection bins located around town, including at the Boys & Girls Club.

Home Maintenance Funds Available

TUMC Missions Ministry has limited funds available to help folks at church and others in our community with necessary home maintenance projects. This might include basic home repairs, yard cleanup, ramps, grab bars, and other in-home needs. One household could receive one grant per year with a maximum limit of up to $500. Confidential requests will go through Lois’s Legacy. Contact Senior Ministries Office 360-683-4307 for further information.

Do you have compassion for families that have lost loved ones?

The Memorial Committee needs help decorating the fellowship hall before a memorial service, help to prepare plates of food (when we can have food), cookie bakers, and help to return tablecloths to storage. E-mail Diane Davis at 03merlot194@gmail.com or call at 360-461-6833 to volunteer.

Opportunity to Serve!

We would like to invite anyone interested in serving TUMC by joining us in the kitchen. As we open and expand our Sunday morning service, we will also be adding refreshments after the service. We are in need of helpers as we have lost several this past year due to many different circumstances. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Eva Lundstrom,
360-797-1613 or Cyd Savoy, 360-681-3977. Training will be provided.

Finance Committee Request

As the song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy . . .” but your church doesn’t take a vacation! For the first time this year, the Finance Committee is a bit concerned about TUMC’s financial health. If you have been away, or have forgotten about your monthly contribution, it would be appreciated if you can put it in the collection plate at the back of the sanctuary during the worship service, mail your check to the church, or drop your offering by the church during office hours. You are a blessing!

2021 Back to School Fair – August 28th

This event will take place on Saturday, August 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. School supplies will be pre-packaged and distributed in a drive-through format which will begin at the high school stadium parking lot on West Fir St. Volunteers are needed to help direct traffic, backpack distribution, supply sack preparation, supply sack distribution, registration, “other” or “wherever needed”. You can choose time slots that work best for you. Several people from Trinity UMC have helped with this event in the past. If you would like to volunteer this year, you can register by going online to: https://forms.gle/8MGWRyAxbwtiPCah8.

Summer Lunch Program

Team TUMC is back in action this week, August 2-6. Please contact Jim Stoffer at 360.775.9356 or jamesstoffer@wavecable.com if you have any questions.

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes for Clallam County Residents

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized certification course that will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, substance abuse disorders and challenges that youth face in our community. Classes made possible through grant funding from Clallam County Health and Human Services.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings: 9:00 am-2:30 pm, Aug. 31, Sept. 18 or Nov. 17
2.0 hrs. of online pre-work must be completed before the 4.5 hr. in-person training date.

An excellent program for parents, grandparents, and people who work with youth.
Space is limited! Reserve a seat today! 
Contact Kathy Hansen at 360-457-0431 x 531139, Peninsula Behavioral Health.

Virtual Adult Mental Health First Aid Training

Peninsula Behavioral Health has been awarded a grant from Clallam County Health and Human Services to offer the training free to participants that live or work in Clallam County.
If you live or work outside of Clallam County, the cost for the training is $75.00 per person; credit cards are accepted. Training is October 13, 2021 @9:00am – 4:00pm (PST).

Please register by contacting Kathy Hansen, email (kathyh@peninsulabehavioral.org) or phone (360) 457-0431, ext. 139

Take a course. Save a life…Strengthen your Community.

Let’s give Trinity some TLC!

Come on out to Trinity TLC where we do light maintenance around the Church while sharing in fellowship. We meet every two weeks, and our next meeting is tomorrow Friday, August 6 at 9:30 AM for a couple of hours. We will be cutting grass, doing light maintenance and upkeep, some summertime work, and of course having a cup of coffee and light eats. All are welcome! For more info, call Andy Pitts at 804-724-3401.

Recycle Empty Inkjet and Laser Printer Cartridges

The recycle container for empty inkjet and laser printer cartridges and used cell phones is now in the church office. Besides helping the environment by recycling, the church is paid for every item donated. Thanks so much for your continued (or new) participation in this program!

Office Hours

TUMC Office hours are 9 am-2 pm Monday through Friday. 
Remember to follow COVID-19 protocols: wear masks; sign in when you arrive; and practice social distancing.